Prosecutor wins prestigious international award
Prosecutor Carrington Mahoney has won a prestigious international honour, it was announced today.
Mr Mahoney, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (Administration), received an International Association of Prosecutors Prosecutor of the Year award.
He has secured a number of high-profile convictions since beginning work with Bermuda’s Department of Public Prosecutions in February, 2005.
So far this year, he has won the convictions of Kevin Warner for shooting Dekimo Martin, Antonio Myers for shooting Kumi Harford and Jermaine Pearman for stabbing his estranged girlfriend Shakeya DeRoza.
Mr Mahoney previously worked as Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions in Jamaica.
Heralding the award, a Government press release said: “This award reflects the outstanding performance of Mr Mahoney and the high standing of the Bermuda Department of Public Prosecutions in international prosecuting circles.
“The International Association of Prosecutors [IAP] is the only worldwide organisation representing prosecutors. It has 130 organisational members from over 90 countries, representing over 200,000 prosecutors worldwide, as well as many personal members.
“Candidates for Prosecutor of the Year were proposed from a number of international jurisdictions, large and small. An awards panel of senior international prosecutors selected from members of the IAP Executive Committee assessed the nominations and made a small number of awards to the best qualified nominees, who are all line prosecutors working on cases in court. The Department of Public Prosecutions extends its heartfelt congratulations to Mr Mahoney.”
Mr Mahoney, who is currently Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, told
The Royal Gazette: “All the praise belongs to God who has blessed this department with hardworking people who value the importance of team work and a commitment to be fair and fearless in the public interest.
“The award is really recognition of the dedicated service of the members of the Department of Public Prosecutions and the quality of work of the Bermuda Police Service.”
The IAP Prosecutor of the Year Award was handed out for the first time this year. According to the association’s website, their aim is “to recognise and encourage those who have shown outstanding performance domestically and internationally in the fight against crime including corruption, cyber crimes, drug-related crimes and organised crimes.”
The honour was to be handed out to “no more than 20” individual prosecutors this year, although the IAP did not specify the exact number of those who won along with Mr Mahoney.